Easy visa sells Korea trips

November 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 24 November 2017:  South Korea will ease visa requirements and is considering issuing an e-visas  for Vietnamese nationals as the destination gains popularity with Vietnamese travellers.

According to Korea Tourism Organization marketing director for Vietnam, Le Thi Thu Trang, 303,000 Vietnamese visited Korea so far this year .

By the end of the year the figure could reach 330,000 visits, up by 90,000 over last year. Read more

Vietnam’s 10-month visits surpass 10 million

November 24, 2017 by  
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HANOI, 24 November 2017: Vietnam recorded an estimated 1,024,899 International visitors in October representing an increase of 5% over the previous month.

October tourist arrivals improved 24.7%, year-on-year.

Total international arrivals for the 10 months, January to October, reached 10,473,230, an increase of 28.1% over the same period last year. Read more

Bhaya names GM for Halong cruises

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under cruises, News, People, Vietnam

HANOI, 23 November 2017: Bhaya Group, an overnight cruise operator in the Halong Bay, northern Vietnam, has named Andrej Stein as its general manager.

He takes over the cruise operations with immediate effect.

In this role, he will be responsible for managing the group’s 19 cruise vessels that are home-based at Halong Bay. Read more

Loong heads for Nha Trang

November 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 29 November 2017: A Chinese airline specialising in tour package travel, Loong Airlines, will launch a new route to Vietnam on Wednesday.

The flight will originate in Beijing with a stop in Xi’an before flying to Cam Ranh International Airport 30 km from Nha Trang.

The flight using an Airbus 320 will cater to Chinese holiday makers who travel on pre-paid packages sold by Chinese tour operators. Read more

Sherwood Suites targets leisure travellers

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 16 November 2017:  Sherwood Suites, an apartment-only property close to downtown Ho Chi Minh City, celebrates its grand opening last week.

The new 20-storey property with 157 units  positions itself as a new choice for travellers by offering five-star hotel service with a range of self-contained suites and apartments.

The property has an outdoor covered swimming pool, an international deli and restaurant and a 24-hour gym with sauna and steam room. All units have free Wi-FI. Read more

Vietnam sets up guide association

November 13, 2017 by  
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HANOI, 13 November 2017: Vietnam’s guides gain recognition as the country establishes the first Vietnam Association of Tour Guides (VATG).

During its official launch, last week, officials said it would protect tour guides’ rights and raise the reputation of guiding as an important career that presents the country positive image to foreign visitors.

Guide are the people who have the most contact with tourists, and this role means they are unofficial ambassadors of the country. Read more

Trump signs aviation deals in Vietnam

November 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 13 November 2017: Vietnam and the United States signed a series of energy and aviation deals Sunday during a visit to Hanoi by US president Donald Trump, who railed against Washington’s yawning trade deficit with the fast-growing nation.

Trump was in the communist capital at the tail-end of his swing through Asia where he has promoted his “America First” mantra on global trade — prioritising “fair” bilateral deals over sprawling multilateral pacts.

Several agreements were signed during his state visit Sunday, including those covering the natural gas sector, transport and aviation. Read more

Typhoon maroons tourists

November 7, 2017 by  
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HO CHI MINH CITY, 7 November 2017: Popular tourists spots, Hoi An and Hue in central Vietnam, suffered heavy flooding over the weekend, due to tropical storm Damrey.

Tour operators confirmed that trips have been disrupted along the coast and specifically to the two World Heritage destinations.

The storm made landfall near Nha Trang and followed the coastline up to Hue and Hoi An, resulting in heavy flooding and torrential rain that combined with strong winds. Read more

Floods hit APEC plans for Hoi An

November 7, 2017 by  
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HOI AN, 7 November 2017: At least 49 people have died after Typhoon Damrey slammed into central Vietnam, disaster officials said Monday, as heavy flooding cast doubt on a planned retreat for APEC leaders’ spouses to the ancient town of Hoi An.

The weather system hit just days before Vietnam welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit in Danang and has left several areas totally submerged in the worst flooding in years.

While Danang itself has not been seriously affected, heavy flooding has hit Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its unique blend of buildings, some dating back to the 15th century. Read more

Typhoon hits Vietnam’s resorts

November 6, 2017 by  
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DANANG, 6 November 2017: At least 27 people have died and nearly two dozen are missing after Typhoon Damrey barrelled into Vietnam, authorities said Sunday, damaging tens of thousands of homes and submerging highways days before the country welcomes world leaders to the APEC summit.

The storm, which made landfall on Saturday, is the worst in decades to strike the country’s southern coastal region, an area normally spared the typhoons that typically hit further north.

More than 40,000 homes were damaged as heavy rains and 130 kph (80 mph) winds tore through the area, leaving 27 dead and 22 reported missing, according to the disaster management office. Read more

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